Fiona Bell
PhD Student • BIOPLASTICS, BIODESIGN, WEARABLES
ATLAS Institute

Fiona Bell is an interdisciplinary engineer, researching sustainable biomaterials. Advised by Mirela Alistar, Fiona's research happens at the intersection of material science, biology, and design. Receiving a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University in 2019, she uses her technical background as a foundation to support her current creative work. As a PhD student, she hopes to create beautiful, functional, and sustainable products that bring value and joy to people.

 

 

Publications​

  • Fiona Bell, Netta Ofer, Hyelin Choi, Ella McQuaid, Ethan Frier, and Mirela Alistar. 2022. Biomaterial Playground: Engaging with Bio-based Materiality. In Extended Abstracts of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–4. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3491101.3519875 (New Orleans, LA—April 29-May 5, 2022).
  • Fiona Bell, Netta Ofer, and Mirela Alistar. 2022. ReClaym our Compost: Biodegradable Clay for Intimate Making. In Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3491102.3517711 (New Orleans, LA, USA—April 29-May 5, 2022). [Best Paper Honorable Mention Award]
  • Fiona BellElla McQuaid, and Mirela Alistar. 2022. Alganyl: Cooking Sustainable Clothing. Diseña 20: Design and Somatic Sensibilities. Article 4. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7764/disena.20.Article.4
  • Fiona BellLatifa Al-Naimi, Ella McQuaid, and Mirela Alistar. 2022. Designing with Alganyl. In Sixteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 2, 1-14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3490149.3501308 (Daejeon, Republic of Korea (virtual) Feb. 13-16, 2022).
  • Fiona Bell and Mirela Alistar. 2022. Designing with Alganyl: A Hands-on Exploration of Biodegradable Plastics. In Sixteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 56, 1-5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3490149.3503669 (Daejeon, Republic of Korea (virtual)–Feb. 13-16, 2022).
  • Netta OferFiona Bell and Mirela Alistar. 2021. Designing Direct Interactions with Bioluminescent Algae. In Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021 (DIS ’21), June 28-July 2, 2021, Virtual Event, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 23 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3461778.3462090
  • Fiona Bell, Alice Hong, Andreea Danielescu, Aditi Maheshwari, Ben Greenspan, Hiroshi Ishii, Laura Devendorf, and Mirela Alistar. 2021. Self-deStaining Textiles: Designing Interactive Systems with Fabric, Stains and Light.  In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–12. (Yokohama, Japan (virtual)–May 8-13, 2021). pdf.
  • Fiona Bell and Mirela Alistar. 2021. Alganyl. Patent No. US 63/184,992, Filed April 26th, 2021.
  • Fiona Bell. 2021. The Undyeing Swatch. In Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 86, 1–3. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3430524.3444704 (Salzburg, Austria (virtual) Feb. 14-19, 2021).